Hurricane Florence has been downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane with top sustained winds of 150-kilometres per hour. The US National Hurricane Center says the slow-moving, monster storm is lashing the North Carolina coast with hurricane-force winds and about 3.5 meters of storm surge ocean water. A number of coastal streets have already been flooded and tens of thousands of people have been left in the dark. Florence’s eye is moving northwest at about 10-kilometres per hour, and is expected to dump a significant amount of rain on the already inundated region.
Photo Credits: The National Hurricane Centre
“When you start to get rained on sideways you know it's getting serious,” @BrianToddCNN, reporting from the edge of the Intracoastal Highway in
Hamptstead, North Carolina, tells @andersoncooper https://t.co/sc7r4EGblG pic.twitter.com/Zn1OAYuY8e
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) September 14, 2018
Hurricane #Florence is producing a life-threatening storm surge and hurricane conditions over portions of eastern North Carolina. The threat of freshwater flooding will increase and spread inland over the next several days. https://t.co/tW4KeGdBFb pic.twitter.com/3OokbkFeb7
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 14, 2018